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Where Can Property Owners Seek Help When in Need of Mold Remediation Services in Oakland?

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall by window SERVPRO dries the water soaked wall by the window, removes the mold, and applies an antimicrobial, "Like it never even happened."

They Should Hire Restorers from SERVPRO to Deal with Oakland Mold Damage

When mold grows in your home, it is vital to eliminate it quickly. Delaying the restoration process can mean costly and extensive remediation services. Mold can grow on trim, drywall, or unfinished wood surfaces. If the area is more than ten square feet, hiring a company like SERVPRO can help you to remediate the mold.

Mold remediation in your Oakland home can be a daunting task but you need to ensure that it is done at a reasonable price. With SERVPRO’s mold removal team, you can rest assured that we can complete the job right the first time. The cost of mold remediation varies based on the job. You are always presented with an estimate and scope of the mold remediation needed.

Mold Growth Needs Moisture

Water can enter your home through structural openings like foundations, windows, pipes, roofs, and leaky pipes. It can also enter your home because of:

  • Misdirected sprinklers
  • Poor drainage
  • Floods
  • High humidity during the summer
  • Lack of air conditioning
  • Inadequate ventilation

High humidity can cause materials to dry more slowly while low humidity improves drying. Air temperature affects the ability of water to move out from materials and the capacity of air to hold moisture. Our SERVPRO restorers can establish an initial environment that improves drying. We understand how to manipulate humidity and temperature levels to produce optimal drying conditions without causing secondary damage. We can isolate the affected area and use antimicrobial products to remove any remaining mold. Trust the IICRC certified technicians from our team to follow professional standards.

SERVPRO can also use an encapsulant or sealer to make the treated areas more resistant to water damage and mold infestations and also assist with odor control.

When your home has mold damage, you can trust SERVPRO of West Oakland to restore it to its normal state. Our 24-hour hotline is (510) 599-9300. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Unsurpassed Flood Extraction Ready for Oakland Properties

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

A white ceiling with a light brown water stain. Flood damage is nothing to hesitate on, call SERVPRO of West Oakland as soon as you notice water.

Call SERVPRO for your flooded Oakland home, and within minutes the flood damage team arrives with extraction tools and equipment for the job!

Flooding on any level can mean a lot of hidden moisture lurking within your Oakland home. Rather than leaving this task up to chance with DIY efforts, flood restoration with SERVPRO gets the job done right the first time. We are also readily available 24 hours a day so that you can feel confident a crew will be at your door and ready to work within hours of your initial call.

Why call SERVPRO for water removal services and flood extraction in Oakland? Because we have technicians who are IICRC-certified and ready to get to work as soon as possible to limit the loss and the onset of secondary damage. To facilitate water clean up to address hidden moisture, we will use:

  • Flood cuts – This helps to remove drywall or plaster up to several inches past the waterline. The area behind the wall gets dried, and the wall gets replaced with all-new materials.
  • Weep holes – These are openings that get punched into a bulging wall or ceiling to allow water to drain.
  • Drilled or Sawn holes – These get done after removable covering like panels, beadboards, or baseboards get pulled up – the holes allow for drainage and drying with improved airflow.

There is no project too great in size or too minute for the crew at SERVPRO of West Oakland. If you need flood extraction and water damage remediation, we are the team to call. Reach us 24/7 for emergency services water damage assistance at (510) 599-9300.

Is Professional Fire Restoration Necessary for Oakland Apartments?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Apartment building with smoke coming out the windows Even if your particular apartment was not on fire, there can still be damage. Call SERVPRO today will are ready to help.

Professional fire and smoke damage cleaning is wise for Oakland residences.

Apartment complexes and structures in the city can feature hundreds of units. When a single fire disaster impacts your residence, it can spread quickly to be an even more significant and more costly emergency. Our experienced fire restoration professionals can help with containment strategies and efficient restorative approaches.

What Fire Restoration Steps Help Restore Oakland Apartments? 

Air filtration can often be among the most critical initial actions for fire restoration in Oakland apartment buildings. This HEPA filtration can trap and capture hazardous particulates and carcinogenic particles. Air scrubbers can often help in this regard, but other HEPA products can also trap airborne debris and begin deodorization, such as:

As challenging as fire restoration can be when it impacts your residence, it can be a greater concern when these effects affect neighboring properties as well. Our SERVPRO of West Oakland team can help with efficient containment and cleaning strategies. Call us today at (510) 599-9300.

Are There Ways to Enhance Mold Remediation Processes?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on a white wall Mold damage can take over quickly, call SERVPRO of West Oakland.

SERVPRO Combines Traditional and Emerging Technologies to Manage Mold in Oakland 

It can be distressing to watch your home deteriorate from mold infestation. You might also be worried since mold exposure may cause health effects. If you are afraid of immediate recurrence or have challenges with common remediation approaches like cleaning up the affected areas and removing moldy materials, it may be possible to try alternative approaches.

The alternative mold remediation approaches Oakland homeowners can try may involve using unique products or changing the methods of applying regular antimicrobial products to improve their efficiency. Antimicrobial products kill mold spores through physical contact, and therefore any methods that enhance contact can deliver better results. Some of the unique approaches our SERVPRO technicians utilize include:

  • Using paints to suppress odor and halt mold growth
  • Applying antimicrobial products using foggers
  • Removing airborne residues using air scrubbers
  • Containment--securing the work area to prevent cross-contamination of spores or particles

When cleaning moldy surfaces, spores and mold residues are easily released into the air spreading the problem further. Air scrubbers with HEPA filters can help remove the residues. Our SERVPRO technicians also use thermal or ULV foggers, which atomize antimicrobial solutions, thus ensuring sufficient penetration into affected materials.

SERVPRO of West Oakland is committed to providing satisfying mold remediation. Call us at (510) 599-9300 when you need assistance.

Why SERVPRO? Adherence to EPA Mold Damage Remediation Protocol

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

moisture meter checking mold damaged wall SERVPRO inspects, identifies moisture problems, visible mold stains, and then remediates homes in Oakland

Oakland residents rely on SERVPRO’s research-based mold abatement

When mold growth signs appear in an Oakland home, panic can ensue. Media covers concerns about mold infestations frequently, but sometimes the high priority given to mold’s growth and damage fails to guide residents to effective abatement strategies. Contact SERVPRO for a consultation if you note any of the following signs:

  • A clear view of mold colonies on structures or contents
  • Persistently damp areas 
  • Staining of surfaces unrelated to spills, sprays, or other events
  • Musty smells regardless of other indicators

How Does SERVPRO Handle Mold Damage Remediation in Oakland?

  • Locates the mold colonies
  • Contains the affected area with barriers and air scrubbing technology
  • Brushes, scrapes, and employs controllable blasting techniques for porous materials to remove mold
  • Wipes down and uses HEPA-filtered vacuuming to collect debris, bagging all moldy materials for lawful disposal as hazardous waste
  • Disinfects affected surfaces with EPA-registered products
  • Arranges resolution of leaks or other moisture issues contributing to the mold problem

Make the call to SERVPRO of West Oakland at (510) 599-9300 to schedule a mold growth and damage assessment and remediation plan.

Contractor Licenses: General: 937457

Is the Average Homeowner Equipped to Handle Water Damage?

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

A couple in a kitchen with rain falling down on them. SERVPRO of West Oakland is prepared to help Oakland homeowners take on water damage.

Most Homeowners are Not Prepared for Water Damage, However SERVPRO is Equipped to Help Oakland Homeowners. 

Many of us hesitate to purchase a home for different reasons.  Although financial reasons weigh heavily, homeowners also need to consider the commitment to the upkeep of the home once it becomes yours.  As a renter, the landlord or property manager typically takes care of repairs leaving the tenant generally free and unencumbered by mishaps typical to owning a home.  For example, when a carpet or floor is soaking wet because of a broken pipe, a tenant can reach out to the landlord, whereas a homeowner needs to research a reputable company to help restore the home.

In Oakland, SERVPRO is an expert in water cleanup services, which makes us a crucial resource once you cross the threshold into homeownership. Because we realize that emergencies happen around the clock, we make our crew available 24/7.  Whenever you find water damage to your property, we can help mitigate your losses by reducing the time lapse between the incident and the extraction of water.  All you need to do is call us and invite our Green Fleet into your home.

First-time homeowners tend to make the mistake of attempting the restoration process on their own. The difference between renting equipment from a home improvement store and allowing us to use our industry-specific tools can represent the difference between the proliferation of bacteria and a safe environment for you and your family.  Our SERVPRO technicians train specifically to understand the chemical composition of available cleaning agents, and we know how to use them to prevent further complications while protecting your furniture and personal belongings.  A poor restoration job can both set you up for issues like mold while damaging your furniture with abrasive solutions.  When you let us lead the way, you do not have to worry about microbial growth or the proper application of cleaning agents.  Our crew knows how to work with EPA-approved products and wearing personal protective equipment to shield our staff and your home from harm.

SERVPRO of West Oakland is here to help you keep your home safe.  Just call our professional team at (510) 599-9300 when you run into trouble and let our team apply its expertise to your benefit.  Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”